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Almond, Blue Cheese & Cranberry Salad
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Salad Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup tarragon white wine vinegar or white wine vinegar

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper


1 tablespoon Land O Lakes® Butter

1/2 cup slivered almonds

3 tablespoons sugar


2 (10-ounce) packages European salad blend  

1 medium (1 cup) yellow bell pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 cup sliced green onions

1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries or cherries

4 ounces ( 1/2 cup) crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese

 *Substitute your favorite salad blend.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine all dressing ingredients in jar or small container with tight-fitting lid; shake well to mix. Refrigerate.

  2. STEP 2

    Melt butter in 10-inch skillet over medium heat until sizzling; add almonds and 2 tablespoons sugar. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 4-5 minutes or until sugar melts and nuts are golden brown. Remove from heat; sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Quickly spread onto waxed paper-lined baking sheet; cool completely.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine all salad ingredients, caramelized almonds and dressing in bowl just before serving. Serve immediately.

Tip #1

This salad is very versatile. Try substituting your favorite vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, such as snap peas, red onion, dried apricots, dried or fresh blueberries, pecans, etc. For a smaller salad simply cut recipe in half.

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